Upload & Sell: On
I beg to differ with Caleb. This is a 365 day a year job if you want to make a living at it. When you get beyond youth sports, there are games on Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and other holidays. I have missed so many Thanksgiving Dinners over the last 7 years shooting the Great Alaska Shootout that I am not sure what a Turkey Day dinner is supposed to consist of. Right now, I have been doing maintenance on my web page, checking schedules for local teams and working on a shooting schedule, trying to find specific events coming up in my area (anyone know a good place besides the TEAM USA Site to look for olympic level winter sports schedules? I am coming up blank), cleaning and organizing my gear for my next shoot. I had to run to the store and the bank and took my camera with me just in case, and I am always carrying business cards with me to hand out to potential clients. I love doing this, I can not see my self doing anything else, but it is a strain on family. Your best bet is to luck out and get a staff position. With that, you work a 40 hour week, get a regular paycheck, no mater how much you shoot or how little you shoot. Drawback is, you usually do not always retain your copyright and multiple sales do not always get you more money. Honestly, for me, to break even each year, I need to do team and individual shots for at least three leagues of 600+ kids, or sell $3k per month between MaxPreps, wire services, Senior Photos, etc. And that will not buy me new gear. That is to keep current bills up to date, buy food, and pay for gas.
I view every time I go out of the house as a chance to make money, either by going to a shoot, meeting with clients or potential clients, networking, etc. We are planning a vacation next spring and I am already working with Corbis to provide them with shots along our vacation route that have been requested by clients, or that are hot topics at the time.
And on top of that, take care of my mom and try to have some sort of life...it is not easy.